Monday, April 25, 2011

I Facepalm Over Texting And Driving

You know when you aren't involved in something crazy, looking at people who are doing that thing from outside that bubble is stunning.

The reason I bring that up is because 20/20 did a report on people texting while driving.

And I really don't understand why someone would need to text while they are driving.

I mean, in my mind, when you are controlling a multi-ton vehicle, I think the last thing you should be doing is trying to keep up with a conversation with your thumb.

Because what can be so important that you are willing to threaten your life and the life of others. If you are Jack Bauer and Chloe is sending you the current address the terrorists are using, then I can forgive you, but other than that... yeah, you have to stop.

I love the internet... I love getting emails and Twitter responses, but I know there is a time and a place for checking those things. Behind the wheel doesn't fit either of those criteria.

I hate the fact that I am now on Oprah's side about something, but yeah, texting while driving seems pretty assinine.


Lazarus Lupin said...

with the exception of being in places where talking would be rude I've just never seen much point in texting. Guess I'm old. I really don't see a point in doing it as you are drving unless your last message is, "Hey that truck is getting closer..."

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Vince said...

For the longest time, I never felt the need to "text" and chalked it up as something for kids and teenagers. Recently however I have found uses for it with the advent of the smart phone. Quite often I need to get a message to someone but at the same time don't want to distract them if they are in the middle of something and that is generally the type of situation when I text. I have received text messages while driving and normally wait until at a stop light before reading or responding. Nowadays, there are so many new distractions while driving - we all need to put on blinders and stay focused on the road in front of us!

Megan said...

I have done it while stopped dead in traffic, to tell the person I was heading towards that I was stopped dead in traffic. But that's about it.